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ViacomCBS Networks Intl. Appoints Jaime Ondarza General Manager in EMEA

ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) has appointed Jaime Ondarza as executive VP and general manager of a newly-created regional structure, which includes France, Iberia, Italy, the Middle East, Greece and Turkey. Ondarza will report to Raffaele Annecchino, the president of ViacomCBS Networks Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia. In this new role, Ondarza is in charge […] (webremix.info)


3TeamCricket: New format launches in South Africa

Three teams playing in one match, eight players per side and some international stars - South African sport will resume with a new format of cricket. (webremix.info)


Drake, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch Lead 2020 BET Awards Nominations

The nominations for the 2020 “BET Awards” are out, and Drake leads the pack with six nods. He’s closely followed by Megan Thee Stallion and Roddy Ricch with five each, and Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Lizzo and DaBaby with four nominations each.

“Insecure” actress Amanda Seales will host the awards ceremony, which celebrates “the best and most beautiful aspects of the Black experience,” will simulcast live at 8 p.m. ET across ViacomCBS networks including BET and BET HER, and will make its national broadcast premiere on CBS on Sunday, June 28 from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT.

Drake’s nods include “Best Male Hip Hop Artist,” “Video of the Year,” and two nods for both “Best Collaboration” and “Viewer’s Choice” for his features alongside Chris Brown (“No Guidance”) and Future (“Life Is Good”).

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Megan Thee Stallion’s noms include “Best Female Hip Hop Artist,” “Best Collaboration,” “Video of the Year,” “Album of the Year,” and “Viewer’s Choice Award.” Roddy Ricch’s nods include “Best Male Hip Hop Artist,” “Video of the Year,” “Best New Artist,” “Album of the Year,” and “Viewer’s Choice Award.”

Performers will include Alicia Keys, Chloe X Halle, DaBaby, D Smoke, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Jonathan McReynolds, Kane Brown, Lil Wayne, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, SiR, Summer Walker, Usher, Wayne Brady and more. Masego and Lonr. are set to take the BET Amplified Music Stage, a platform for emerging artists.

See the full list of nominations below:

BEST FEMALE R&B/POP ARTIST

BEYONCÉ

H.E.R.

JHENE AIKO

KEHLANI

LIZZO

SUMMER WALKER

BEST MALE R&B/POP ARTIST

ANDERSON .PAAK

CHRIS BROWN

JACQUEES

KHALID

THE WEEKND

USHER

BEST GROUP

CHLOE X HALLE

CITY GIRLS

EARTHGANG

GRISELDA

JACKBOYS

MIGOS

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BEST COLLABORATION

CHRIS BROWN FT. DRAKE

NO GUIDANCE

DJ KHALED FT. NIPSEY HUSSLE & JOHN LEGEND

HIGHER

FUTURE FT. DRAKE

LIFE IS GOOD

H.E.R. FT. YG

SLIDE

MEGAN THEE STALLION FT. NICKI MINAJ & TY DOLLA $IGN

HOT GIRL SUMMER

WALE FT. JEREMIH

ON CHILL

BEST MALE HIP HOP ARTIST

DABABY

DRAKE

FUTURE

LIL BABY

RODDY RICCH

TRAVIS SCOTT

BEST FEMALE HIP HOP ARTIST

CARDI B

DOJA CAT

LIZZO

MEGAN THEE STALLION

NICKI MINAJ

SAWEETIE

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

CHRIS BROWN FT. DRAKE

NO GUIDANCE

DABABY

BOP

DJ KHALED FT. NIPSEY HUSSLE & JOHN LEGEND

HIGHER

DOJA CAT

SAY SO

MEGAN THEE STALLION FT. NICKI MINAJ & TY DOLLA $IGN

HOT GIRL SUMMER

RODDY RICCH

THE BOX

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

BENNY BOOM

COLE BENNETT

DAVE MEYERS

DIRECTOR X

EIF RIVERA

TEYANA “SPIKE TEE” TAYLOR

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BEST NEW ARTIST

DANILEIGH

LIL NAS X

POP SMOKE

RODDY RICCH

SUMMER WALKER

YBN CORDAE

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

CUZ I LOVE YOU

LIZZO

FEVER

MEGAN THEE STALLION

HOMECOMING: THE LIVE ALBUM

BEYONCÉ

I USED TO KNOW HER

H.E.R.

KIRK

DABABY

PLEASE EXCUSE ME FOR BEING ANTISOCIAL

RODDY RICCH

DR. BOBBY JONES

BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD

FRED HAMMOND

ALRIGHT

JOHN P. KEE FT. ZACARDI CORTEZ

I MADE IT OUT

KANYE WEST

FOLLOW GOD

KIRK FRANKLIN

JUST FOR ME

PJ MORTON FT. LE’ANDRIA JOHNSON & MARY MARY

ALL IN HIS PLAN

THE CLARK SISTERS

VICTORY

BEST ACTRESS

ANGELA BASSETT

CYNTHIA ERIVO

ISSA RAE

REGINA KING

TRACEE ELLIS ROSS

ZENDAYA

BEST ACTOR

BILLY PORTER

EDDIE MURPHY

FOREST WHITAKER

JAMIE FOXX

MICHAEL B. JORDAN

OMARI HARDWICK

YOUNGSTARS AWARD

ALEX HIBBERT

ASANTE BLACKK

JAHI DI’ALLO WINSTON

MARSAI MARTIN

MILES BROWN

STORM REID

BEST MOVIE

BAD BOYS FOR LIFE

DOLEMITE IS MY NAME

HARRIET

HOMECOMING: A FILM BY BEYONCÉ

JUST MERCY

QUEEN & SLIM

SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR

AJEÉ WILSON

CLARESSA SHIELDS

COCO GAUFF

NAOMI OSAKA

SERENA WILLIAMS

SIMONE BILES

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SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO

KAWHI LEONARD

LEBRON JAMES

ODELL BECKHAM JR.

PATRICK MAHOMES II

STEPHEN CURRY

BET HER AWARD

ALICIA KEYS

UNDERDOG

BEYONCÉ FT. BLUE IVY CARTER, WIZKID & SAINT JHN

BROWN SKIN GIRL

CIARA FT. LUPITA NYONG’O, ESTER DEAN, CITY GIRLS & LA LA

MELANIN

LAYTON GREENE

I CHOOSE

LIZZO FT. MISSY ELLIOT

TEMPO

RAPSODY FT. PJ MORTON

AFENI

VIEWER’S CHOICE AWARD

CHRIS BROWN FT. DRAKE

NO GUIDANCE

DABABY

BOP

FUTURE FT. DRAKE

LIFE IS GOOD

MEGAN THEE STALLION FT. NICKI MINAJ

HOT GIRL SUMMER

RODDY RICCH

THE BOX

THE WEEKND

HEARTLESS

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT

BURNA BOY (NIGERIA)

INNOSS’B (DRC)

SHO MADJOZI (S. AFRICA)

DAVE (U.K.)

STORMZY (U.K.)

NINHO (FRANCE)

S.PRI NOIR (FRANCE)

VIEWERS’ CHOICE: BEST NEW INTERNATIONAL ACT

REMA (NIGERIA)

SHA SHA (ZIMBABWE)

CELESTE (U.K.)

YOUNG T & BUGSEY (U.K.)

HATIK (FRANCE)

STACY (FRANCE)

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‘Hightown’ Renewed for Season 2 by Starz

Starz has renewed crime drama “Hightown” for Season 2, the pay TV channel announced Thursday.

Set on idyllic Cape Cod, the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced series, which premiered May 17, “follows one woman’s journey to sobriety, intertwined with an unfolding murder investigation,” per Starz’s official description. “Jackie Quiñones (Monica Raymund, “Chicago Fire,” “The Good Wife”), a hard-partying National Marine Fisheries Service agent, has her free-wheeling life thrown into disarray when she discovers a body on the beach – another casualty of Cape Cod’s opioid epidemic. As a result of this trauma, Jackie takes the first steps toward becoming sober– until she becomes convinced that it’s up to her to solve the murder. Now at odds with Sergeant Ray Abruzzo (James Badge Dale), an abrasive but effective member of the Cape Cod Interagency Narcotics Unit, Jackie starts to spiral. And she’s not alone. Ray, too, spins out of control; losing himself in the investigation. The lives of everyone connected to this murder crash and converge, reminding us just how complicated – and deadly – our addictions can be.”

Along with Raymund and Dale, “Hightown” stars Riley Voelkel (“Roswell, New Mexico,” “The Originals”), Shane Harper (“Code Black,” “Happyland”), Amaury Nolasco (“Prison Break,” “Deception”), Atkins Estimond (“The Resident,” “Lodge 49”) and Dohn Norwood (“Mindhunter,” “The Sinner”).

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The show set a new record for series premiere viewership across Starz OTT platforms, “doubling” the previous series high in addition to its 1.45 million linear viewers, when counting a week’s worth of delayed viewing, according to Starz.

Per the Lionsgate-owned channel, the first episode of “Hightown” ranks as the No. 1 or No. 2 most-watched episode “based on first title streamed across the international footprint on the STARZPLAY App.”

“Rebecca, Gary and Jerry delivered an elevated and well-executed drama that embodies all the hallmarks of a Starz premium series with its dynamic, edgy storytelling, multicultural cast and female leadership both in front of and behind the camera,” Christina Davis, Starz president of original programming, said in a statement. “Audiences are already deeply engaged with these flawed and complex characters and in a second season we will continue to dive deeper into the relationships between them amidst the shifting tides on the Cape.”

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“Hightown” is created and executive produced by Rebecca Cutter (“Gotham”) with Gary Lennon (“Power,” “Euphoria”) executive producing along with Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Top Gun: Maverick,” “The Amazing Race”), Jonathan Littman (“Lucifer,” “The Amazing Race,” “CSI” franchise) and KristieAnne Reed (“Lucifer,” “L.A.’s Finest”) from Jerry Bruckheimer TV. Ellen H. Schwartz also serves as executive producer. Rachel Morrison (“Black Panther,” “Fruitvale Station”) directed the first two episodes of the series.

The series hails from Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Lionsgate Television.

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Hassle Over LEOs

The European Space Agency (ESA) receives hundreds of reports a week of possible dangerous situations that need to be looked at more closely. On average, ESA must make at least one evasive maneuver per satellite a year to avoid collisions.

The following article is based on a blog written by my Dutch colleague Fred Kappetijn. We have worked together to present this to you.

Every second, 4.5 billion people using computers and other electronic devices send 100,000 gigabytes of information to each other. Around 60% of the world's population has an Internet connection. North America and Europe have penetrations of 95% and 87%. But Asia and Africa do not yet get beyond 54% and 40%. On those continents, there are many remote areas where there is no Internet yet. At least no affordable Internet.

Limitations of of Satellite Communication

If there are no (fiber optic) cable or radio connections, there is still the relatively expensive alternative of satellite communication. Usually, these are geostationary (GEO) satellites positioned above the equator at an altitude of 36,000 kilometers. They rotate at the same speed as Earth. The footprint of such a satellite-only covers part of Earth's surface and a computer bit takes a while to go up and down. Although the bit travels through the vacuum of space at the speed of light (300,000 km/sec), it still does half a second over a return trip.

On top of that, there is another half-second for communication between Earth's ground stations via fiber-optic connections. There is also the refraction of the laser light in the fibre as the data speed is two-thirds of that of light. The total delay, the latency, of the telecommunications connection via GEO satellites, is thereby a second.

This is a long time when we realize that a human being is already aware of a delay at more than 0.15 seconds. As a result, synchronous communication such as video conferencing becomes unpleasant due to interruptions of the conversations, especially when more people are talking simultaneously in discussions.

The LEO Alternative

So, what is next? The solution to creating a global network of broadband Internet services without delay is to use telecommunication satellites that orbit closer to Earth, the so-called Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites. They are not 36,000 kilometers above Earth, but orbit at between 200 and 2,000 km. The computer bit goes up and down faster, so there is much less delay. Depending on the altitude of their orbit, these satellites circle every 24 hours, 12 to 16 times around the Earth. Due to their low and fast orbits, LEO satellites have a fast-moving and small footprint. That is why it takes many satellites for a global network.

The idea of developing such a satellite network was born a long time ago. The Iridium consortium made the first attempt. The first telecommunications service was launched in 1998. The aim was to build a network of 77 satellites. But within a month of the festive start, Iridium went bankrupt and U.S.$5 billion (AU$7.3 billion) had been lost.

Iridium collapsed because of problems with the financing of the venture. Other issues included poor quality of the indoor reception, the bulky user devices, and the overall mismanagement of the project. Iridium has restarted, and last year the last of the 66 satellites were launched. This revised satellite network now provides telecommunications services in remote places for the business market, such as the oil industry, aviation, and defense. So real niche markets, not a consumer market.

The second company that attempted to build a global satellite network to offer broadband Internet services was OneWeb. This company went bankrupt in March last year because the Japanese SoftBank, which was one of the main financiers with a billion-dollar investment commitment, pulled the plug. Of the planned 650 LEO satellites that would run their laps at an altitude of 1,200 km, 74 were launched. SoftBank, which suffered a loss of $17 billion in 2019, blamed COVID-19. But there are also rumors that OneWeb could not develop a sound revenue model for its expensive consumer-oriented broadband Internet services based on its "low delay" LEO satellite network.

Starlink Mission – SapceX launching 60 Starlink satellites stacked together deployed on 24 May 2019

There are still many ongoing projects, three of which are the most advanced. Telesat LEO, with 300 satellites, is developed by the Canadian telecommunications company Telesat. The second one is Project Kuiper (named after Dutch astronomer Gerard Kuiper, who died in 1973), the brainchild of Jeff Bezos's largest Internet shopping company, Amazon, with 3,236 satellites. Finally, there is Starlink from Elon Musk's space company SpaceX with 42,000 satellites. There are also plans from Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook; his project is called Athena with a yet unknown number of satellites. Google does not want to be left out and launched plans for Google's Satellite Constellation with "only" a thousand satellites.

Of course, most certainly, China also does not want to be left behind. Some of their projects include Hongyun (rainbow cloud) with 864 satellites and Hongyan (wild goose) with 320 satellites. The Russian state-owned company for space operations, Roscosmos, is also joining the race. Through the company Gonets (messenger), services are offered for commercial and military purposes. The satellite network now has 18 satellites in two orbits; the entire plan is for 36 satellites in six orbits.

Of all these projects, SpaceX's Starlink is undoubtedly the most advanced. At regular intervals, SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets are launched, each with 60 Starlink satellites on board. By May 2020, 422 satellites had been launched into orbit. That should grow to 12,000 in the first phase and another 30,000 at a later stage. This still requires a lot of money, and SpaceX will bring its spin-off Starlink Business to the stock market to raise money. Only last week did they launch the first-ever commercial crewed launch.

The expensive race for the global broadband satellite Internet is especially fierce in the Western world, with a squeeze between macho techno-billionaires Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos (the richest man in the world) and Mark Zuckerberg, who is a bit behind but thinks the project is part of Facebook's mission statement 'to bring the world closer together.' The business plans acknowledge a lot of investment needs to be made but predict that the proceeds will be huge.

Bears on the Road

For all these parties, there are at least four "bears on the road."

The first one is the battle for the required frequencies. The frequency spectrum is managed by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), which is affiliated with the United Nations and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of the U.S. Government. For example, SpaceX has objected to Amazon's attempt to participate in the first round of spectrum distribution, as the formal enrollment period has expired. If Amazon, with this short cut, would be able to get a piece of the pie, it would come at the expense of SpaceX's lead. In short, we are witnessing a wrestling game between Jeff and Elon.

The second "bear" is the cost of ground reception equipment. Because each satellite can only be seen on a limited surface for a limited time, the antennae in the reception and transmitting equipment should be able to track the satellite overflying at 7-8,000 kilometers per second. That is quite a technical feat but could make the user's equipment very expensive. It is now thought to be $1,000 per device, but engineers hope the price will fall to $200.

The third "bear" is the opposition from the astronomical community against SpaceX in particular. All these satellites, with their sun reflections, disrupt scientific observations with terrestrial telescopes. Lately, SpaceX has been making a strong effort to reduce this problem of their Starlink satellites by, for example, changing the position of the various components of the satellite and providing the satellites with light-absorbing coatings. The latter can only be a limited solution because dark paint absorbs heat that causes the satellite to heat up too much. This means more is needed for cooling, which needs more energy and more solar panels. This then increases the reflecting, and it becomes a vicious circle.

The fourth "bear" is space junk. The number of man-made objects in space will be much more significant because of these LEO satellite network projects. This increases the risk of collisions of satellites and rockets with space debris. The risk of such a collision was revealed in 2009 when a runaway Russian satellite rammed a then-active Iridium satellite, leading to a thousand new pieces of space debris.

Therefore, it is necessary to plan what should be done with the satellites if they are no longer active. One method that is now being applied is that after its active life, the satellite is directed to a lower orbit (de-orbiting). In such a lower orbit, the satellite encounters more resistance, which eventually slows down the satellite to bring it closer to Earth and finally disintegrates into the atmosphere and partially burns. Only last week, there was a spectacular light show above Australia when debris from a Russian rocket re-entered Earth's atmosphere where it burned off. NASA has recommended that 99% of LEO satellites should be taken to a lower orbit after their missions — a kind of palliative orbit for satellites.

The danger of possible collisions between the functioning and non-functioning satellites and space debris was revealed a few months ago. The Dutch-built Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS), which has not been in use since 1983, sailed just meters past another satellite. The American company LeoLabs has built a system for tracking LEO satellite-based radar and advanced algorithms. LeoLabs calculated that the two satellites would pass each other over Pittsburgh, with only 15 to 30 meters between them. That is exactly what happened. In aviation, they call that a near miss.

Since the launch in 1957 of the first satellite, the Russian Sputnik 1, a lot of stuff has been shot into space. After some 5,500 launches, this has created a huge pile of junk in space around the Earth — about 34,000 objects larger than ten centimeters, one million of magnitude between one and ten centimeters and some 130 million smaller than one centimeter.

The European Space Agency (ESA) receives hundreds of reports a week of possible dangerous situations that need to be looked at more closely. On average, ESA must make at least one evasive maneuver per satellite a year to avoid collisions. Most of the time, it concerns impending collisions with space debris. This requires a manual process which is expensive and very time consuming and unsustainable in the long term.

No wonder ESA is advocating that machine learning techniques are developed for satellites that will be required to continually transmit their position so that an automated traffic regulation system can be developed in space.

What Can Be Done?

There is still a lot of work to be done when looking at all the developments around delay-free global satellite-based broadband networks that provide affordable Internet access. But if the big innovative entrepreneurs with deep pockets like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have set their sights on this, it could eventually work. But before that happens, there will still have to be a few technical, financial, regulatory hurdles to be braced. No doubt that in this hurdling, every now and then, someone will make a fatal stumbling.

Written by Paul Budde, Managing Director of Paul Budde Communication

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UK moving to boost Caribbean trade, help businesses recover from COVID fallout

The United Kingdom (UK) has launched a plan of action to support trade in several Caribbean states to help them maximise the benefits of their Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). Conceived by the UK’s Department for International Development and... (webremix.info)


Facebook and Red Cross Launch #AfricaTogether

Facebook and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are partnering to launch #AfricaTogether – a digital campaign and two-day festival on June 4th and 5th featuring artists from across Africa to encourage continued vigilance against COVID-19. With more than 100,000 coronavirus cases confirmed on the continent and containment measures easing in many countries, […] (webremix.info)


CircleID Launches the First in a Series of Community Dialogues on COVID-19 and the Internet

A CircleID community dialogue series to assess challenges and implications of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the Internet.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the rapid migration of the world's workforce and consumer services to virtual spaces, has amplified the Internet governance and policy issues including infrastructure, access, exponential instances of fraud and abuse, global cooperation and data privacy, to name but a few. The need for practical, scalable and efficient solutions has risen dramatically.

This was the context in which CircleID hosted its first community dialog via virtual conferencing, which took place on May 7. The topic was "COVID 19 and the Internet" as this certainly top of mind in the CircleID Community.

I had the privilege of moderating this event. It included a diverse line up of industry leaders who shared how they are responding to the crisis, how their perspective on their work may have changed, and where they think they are headed in the coming months and years. The conversation was broad-ranging as panelists shared what they were thinking in real-time. The goal was to frame questions during this transformational period for Internet infrastructure and Internet-based commerce. The answers are still unfolding.

The line-up of panelists included (in speaking order):

  • Head of European Policy at Cloudflare, Caroline Greer
  • ICANN CEO Goran Marby
  • Co-Chair of the Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice at Greenberg Traurig, Gretchen A. Ramos
  • Presidential Scholar and Professor of Law at the University of Utah, George Contreras
  • ArkiTechs Inc. CEO Stephen

Mr. Marby explained ICANN's recent initiative to identify suspect "covid" domain name registrations. (See here.) This initiative drew the most questions from the viewers as this type of preemptive program is not normally offered by ICANN. Time will tell whether this program is successful and what impact it will have on ongoing concerns about phishing, malware, spam, botnets and acts of fraud that are pervasive in the DNS. Marby noted that, as of the panel date, the 80,000 domain names reviewed, 7,000, were identified as potentially malicious.

Ms. Greer and Mr. Lee discussed how their companies are scaling up to meet the demands of their clients. Cloudflare is adding more staff and providing enhanced services. As expected, policymakers in Brussels are focused on COVID-19 response efforts and weathering the crisis. Mr. Lee pointed out that in less-developed regions, like the Caribbean, issues around sustainability are key. As demand for Internet access and bandwidth increases, the need for costly infrastructure increases. The challenge is to manage this increased pressure on internet resources in a time when normally strained economies are considerably more vulnerable.

Ms. Ramos observed how the transition to virtual operations has amplified questions around privacy and data security and that norms are changing. The question is, how? The world is waiting to see.

Professor Contreras described The Open Source Pledge, a cooperative effort to share patents and copyrighted content in the fight against COVID-19. He is part of an international group of lawyers and academics that created the pledge and a model, open-source license to facilitate cooperation and information exchange. Notable signatories include Amazon, Facebook, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Microsoft and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at CalTEch. The world awaits the outcomes of this endeavor. We plan to check in to see the progress of this initiative.

All the participants stressed that, while swift action was imperative, much remains to be learned as to how the responses have worked, what more is needed, and how the changes implemented today will affect operations in a post-COVID-19 world. It was also noted that despite urgency and uncertainty, there is a lot of positive innovation and energy that has emerged from the response within the Internet community. The Internet was designed to be resilient and scalable. A truer test of its capacity and adaptability has never been seen as it did in the last few months.

CircleID encourages you to watch and share your thoughts. They are especially interested in hearing what issues you think are ripe for more in-depth discussion. They welcome suggestions on topics, questions and potential speakers. Stay tuned…

Written by Lori Schulman, Senior Director, Internet Policy at INTA

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Facebook, telcos collaborate on subsea cable for Africa and Middle East

Facebook, and a group of telecom companies including China Mobile International, MTN GlobalConnect, Orange, and Vodafone are collaborating to build the “most comprehensive” subsea cable to serve the African continent and Middle East region where nearly a billion people are still not connected to the internet. The project, called 2Africa, will see the companies lay […] (webremix.info)


Karlovy Vary Cancels 2020 Film Festival Over Coronavirus Fears

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, an annual event that has been taking place in the Czech Republic since 1946, has decided to cancel its 55th annual festival in light of the coronavirus, KVIFF organizers announced on Tuesday morning in Prague.

The festival would have taken place on July 3-11 in Karlovy Vary, a spa town outside Prague.

“We strongly believe that seeing a movie with other people in a theater is a powerful and irreplaceable experience,” KVIFF President Ji?í Bartoška said in a statement. “And because the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is one of the most important cultural events in the Czech Republic and in Europe, we have decided that holding an alternative version would go against the festival’s main mission: to bring together audiences, filmmakers, and people from different walks of life in order to collectively enjoy works of cinema.”

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The festival will, however, show some of the films it has chosen for select audiences. The Czech Republic is planning to relax its restrictions on June 8 and allow movie theaters to screen films for audiences of fewer than 50 people – so during the dates when the festival would have been held, it will instead screen some of the festival films at theaters around the country.

The tour will be a special version of the “KVIFF at Your Cinema” program, which takes festival films around the country each year.

At the same time, KVIFF organizers will also offer a virtual version of the “KVIFF Eastern Promises” presentation, in which films in various stages of development and production can be presented to international buyers and festivals. Those projects will be from Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and North Africa.

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Karlovy Vary has also joined the We Are One: A Global Film Festival project, which was announced on Monday.

The 55th annual Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will now take place on July 2-10, 2021.

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Netflix in May: Here’s Everything Coming and Going

Netflix is out with its list of everything coming and going in May.

Highlights include “Back to the Future” and “Back to the Future II,” the series premiere of Ryan Murphy’s “Hollywood,”
Jerry Seinfeld’s new comedy special “23 Hours to Kill,” and season two of “Dead to Me.”

Leaving throughout the month are “Austin Powers in Goldmember,” “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery,” and “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” “Limitless” and “The Place Beyond the Pines.”

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Here’s everything coming and going:

May 1

All Day and a Night — NETFLIX FILM
Almost Happy — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Get In — NETFLIX FILM
Go! Go! Cory Carson: The Chrissy — NETFLIX FAMILY
The Half Of It — NETFLIX FILM
Hollywood — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Into the Night — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Medici: The Magnificent: Part 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Mrs. Serial Killer — NETFLIX FILM
Reckoning: Season 1 — Exclusively on Netflix
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Back to the Future
Back to the Future Part II
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Cracked Up, The Darrell Hammond Story
Den of Thieves
For Colored Girls
Fun with Dick & Jane
I Am Divine
Jarhead
Jarhead 2: Field of Fire
Jarhead 3: The Siege
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Masha and the Bear: Season 4
Material
Monthly Girls’ Nozaki Kun: Season 1
Sinister
Song of the Sea
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Heartbreak Kid
The Patriot
Thomas & Friends: Marvelous Machinery: A New Arrival
Thomas & Friends: Marvelous Machinery: World of Tomorrow
Thomas & Friends: Thomas and the Royal Engine
Underworld
Underworld: Evolution
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
Urban Cowboy
What a Girl Wants
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

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May 4
Arctic Dogs
Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours To Kill — NETFLIX COMEDY SPECIAL

May 6
Workin’ Moms: Season 4 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

May 7
Scissor Seven: Season 2 — NETFLIX ANIME

May 8
18 regali — NETFLIX FILM
Chico Bon Bon: Monkey with a Tool Belt — NETFLIX FAMILY
Dead to Me: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Eddy — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Hollow: Season 2 — NETFLIX FAMILY
House at the End of the Street
Restaurants on the Edge: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Rust Valley Restorers: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Valeria — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

May 9
Charmed: Season 2
Grey’s Anatomy: Season 16

May 11
Bordertown: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
Trial By Media — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY

May 12
True: Terrific Tales — NETFLIX FAMILY
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Vs. the Reverend — NETFLIX INTERACTIVE SPECIAL

May 13
The Wrong Missy — NETFLIX FILM

May 14
Riverdale: Season 4

May 15
Chichipatos — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
District 9
I Love You, Stupid — NETFLIX FILM
Inhuman Resources — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Magic for Humans: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Season 5 — NETFLIX FAMILY
White Lines — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

May 16
La reina de Indias y el conquistador — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Public Enemies
United 93

May 17
Soul Surfer

May 18
The Big Flower Fight — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

May 19
Patton Oswalt: I Love Everything — NETFLIX COMEDY SPECIAL
Sweet Magnolias — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Trumbo

May 20
Ben Platt Live From Radio City Music Hall — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
The Flash: Season 6
Rebelión de los Godinez — NETFLIX FILM

May 22
Control Z — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
History 101 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Just Go With It
THE LOVEBIRDS — NETFLIX FILM
Selling Sunset: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

May 23
Dynasty: Season 3

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May 25
Ne Zha
Norm of the North: Family Vacation
Uncut Gems

May 26
Hannah Gadsby: Douglas — NETFLIX COMEDY SPECIAL
I’m No Longer Here — NETFLIX FILM

May 27
I’m No Longer Here — NETFLIX FILM
The Lincoln Lawyer

May 28
Dorohedoro — NETFLIX ANIME
La corazonada — NETFLIX FILM

May 29
Space Force — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Somebody Feed Phil: Season 3 — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY

May 31
High Strung Free Dance

Leaving in May

May 1
John Carter

May 15
Limitless
The Place Beyond the Pines

May 17
Royal Pains: Season 1-8

May 18
Scandal: Season 1-7

May 19
Black Snake Moan
Carriers
Evolution
The First Wives Club
It Takes Two
Love, Rosie
She’s Out of My League
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
Young Adult
Yours, Mine and Ours

May 25
Bitten: Season 1-3

May 30
Bob Ross: Beauty Is Everywhere: Collection 1

May 31
Austin Powers in Goldmember
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Dear John
Final Destination
The Final Destination
Final Destination 2
Final Destination 3
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
Looney Tunes: Back in Action
My Girl
The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
Outbreak
Red Dawn
Richie Rich

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Netflix Roars to Record 16 Million New Subscribers in Q1

Having millions of people stuck inside all day seems to have worked out for Netflix, at least, with the streaming giant easily setting a new quarterly record with 15.8 million new subscribers adding the service during Q1, the company reported on Tuesday afternoon.

Netflix’s big quarter eclipsed its previous record of 9.6 million new subscribers, set during the first quarter of 2019. Analysts had projected the company would add around 9 million new subs — with most projections inching higher in recent weeks, due to stay-at-home measures being taken to counteract the spread of COVID-19. Overall, the company now has nearly 183 million subscribers.

The service was helped out during Q1 by the early return of “Ozark,” which has typically been a summer release in the past, and the debut of “Tiger King,” which was the top-ranked show or movie on Netflix for 25 straight days. On Tuesday, Netflix reported 64 million accounts watched “Tiger King” within its first 4 weeks. (Reminder: Netflix counts a view after someone has clicked and watched a show for at least two minutes.)

“Like other home entertainment services, we’re seeing temporarily higher viewing and increased membership growth,” the company said in its letter to shareholders. “In our case, this is offset by a sharply stronger US dollar, depressing our international revenue, resulting in revenue-as-forecast. We expect viewing to decline and membership growth to decelerate as home confinement ends, which we hope is soon.”

For the first quarter, Netflix reported revenue of $5.77 billion — matching analyst projections — and earnings per share of $1.57, which fell about 8 cents shy of analyst estimates. Sales increased nearly 28% year-over-year.

Netflix was already enjoying a strong run heading into Tuesday afternoon, with its stock price increasing more than 20% in the last month. During that time, Netflix has also leapfrogged Disney in terms of valuation, with the Los Gatos, California-based company now worth about $193 billion.

After sharing its Q1 report, Netflix’s shares increased 3% in early after-hours trading to $446.38 per share.

Netflix’s Q1 subscriber gains included 2.3 million new customers signing up in the U.S. and Canada, which marked its best domestic growth in more than a year. The company added 2.9 million new subscribers in Latin America, 3.60 million in its Asia-Pacific market, and nearly 7 million spread across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Moving forward, the company said in its letter to shareholders it expects shutting down production on several shows and movies will have a “modest impact” on its Q2 release strategy.

“No one knows how long it will be until we can safely restart physical production in various countries, and, once we can, what international travel will be possible, and how negotiations for various resources (e.g., talent, stages, and post-production) will play out,” Netflix said in its letter. “The impact on us is less cash spending this year as some content projects are pushed out. We are working hard to complete the content we know our members want and we’re complementing this effort with additional licensed films and series.”

Netflix anticipates it will add 7.5 million new subscribers during Q2, although it admitted this is “mostly guesswork” because of the economic uncertainty brought on by COVID-19.

The company will hold a video conference call at 3:00 p.m. PT to discuss its earnings.

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‘One World: Together at Home’ Concert: Here’s How to Watch and Stream Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Billie Eilish and More

Some of the biggest names in music — including Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Alicia Keys, Camila Cabello, Jennifer Lopez and Shawn Mendes —  are joining forces Saturday for a concert to support frontline health care workers and the World Health Organization during the coronavirus pandemic.

“One World: Together at Home” will kick off at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET and will be hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert.

The special will air on ABC, CBS, NBC and Univision, as well as music cable channels VH1, MTV, CMT and many more. In Canada, the special will air on CBC, CTV, CityTV, GlobalTV and BEIN, among others. You can see international listings for Africa, Asia and Europe here.

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The concert will also be streaming on YouTube (which you can watch in the player above), on Facebook and Twitter. You can also listen via SiriusXM.

Leading up to the broadcast will be a six-hour streaming event (at the same links above) featuring dozens of international artists. You can see who’s performing below:

Adam Lambert, Andra Day, Angèle, Anitta, Annie Lennox, Becky G, Ben Platt, Billy Ray Cyrus, Black Coffee, Bridget Moynahan, Burna Boy, Cassper Nyovest, Charlie Puth, Christine and the Queens, Common, Connie Britton, Danai Gurira, Delta Goodrem, Don Cheadle, Eason Chan, Ellie Goulding, Erin Richards, FINNEAS, Heidi Klum, Hozier, Hussain Al Jassmi, Jack Black, Jacky Cheung, Jack Johnson, Jameela Jamil, James McAvoy, Jason Segel, Jennifer Hudson, Jess Glynne, Jessie J, Jessie Reyez, John Legend, Juanes, Kesha, Lady Antebellum, Lang Lang, Leslie Odom Jr., Lewis Hamilton, Liam Payne, Lili Reinhart, Lilly Singh, Lindsey Vonn, Lisa Mishra, Lola Lennox, Luis Fonsi, Maren Morris, Matt Bomer, Megan Rapinoe, Michael Bublé, Milky Chance, Naomi Osaka, Natti Natasha, Niall Horan, Nomzamo Mbatha, P.K. Subban, Picture This, Rita Ora, Samuel L Jackson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sebastián Yatra, Sheryl Crow, Sho Madjozi, SOFI TUKKER, SuperM, The Killers, Tim Gunn, Vishal Mishra and Zucchero.

Artists during the evening special are:

Alicia Keys, Amy Poehler, Awkwafina, Camila Cabello, Celine Dion, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lopez, LL COOL J, Lupita Nyong’o, Matthew McConaughey, Oprah Winfrey, Pharrell Williams, Sam Smith, Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, Usher, Victoria Beckham, Andrea Bocelli, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Burna Boy, Chris Martin, David Beckham, Eddie Vedder, Elton John, FINNEAS, Idris and Sabrina Elba, J Balvin, John Legend, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Kerry Washington, Lang Lang, Lizzo, Maluma, Paul McCartney, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Shah Rukh Khan and Stevie Wonder.

The Together at Home event will support the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

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‘The Quarry’ Film Review: Michael Shannon and Shea Whigham Shine in Quiet, Guilt-Ridden Western

Earlier this year, the most surprising nominee in the Oscar race for Best International Feature Film was “Corpus Christi,” about an ex-convict who shows up at a small-town church in Poland claiming to be the preacher they’ve been waiting for. Three months later, “The Quarry” puts an American indie spin on the same kind of story, with its lead character a criminal on the run who shows up at a small-town Texas church claiming to be the preacher they’ve been waiting for.

In both films, the new “preacher” comes in with a plainspoken style so dramatically different from what the congregants are accustomed to seeing that he becomes a big hit – and in both films, the deception changes the deceiver as much as the deceived, until his past catches up to him.

Apart from these few plot similarities, though, “Corpus Christi” and “The Quarry” are miles apart. In Jan Komasa’s Polish film, which was based on a real event, the young preacher has energy and charisma, and he uses his newfound stature to pry into the town’s secrets. But there’s a quieter, more dour impostor at the center of “The Quarry,” and the tension that grips the film mostly has to do with his own secrets.

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Directed by Scott Teems and based on a novel by Damon Galut that was set in South Africa, “The Quarry” is a slow-burn Western noir built around terrific but understated performances by Michael Shannon and Shea Whigham, who have worked together repeatedly since “Tigerland” in 2000 (“Take Shelter” and “Boardwalk Empire” being two notable collaborations). Originally scheduled for a SXSW premiere and a day-and-date theatrical opening from Lionsgate, “The Quarry” lost those to the coronavirus and is now premiering on demand on Friday.

It’s a patient film that could have used the immersive aspect of a theatrical run, but it still has plenty of pleasures to reward attentive viewers on any platform.

Whigham plays a character known only as “The Man,” though if you press him for his name you might get a dark answer: “It doesn’t matter. My name is sinner.” He’s found lying by the side of the road by a reverend heading for the small church where he’ll be stationed – but when the preacher figures out that his passenger is on the run and asks a few too many questions, the Man kills him and leaves him buried in a shallow grave in a quarry outside town.

“A new life awaits me where I’m going,” the preacher says shortly before he’s killed. “It could be the same for you.” The Man takes those words literally, assumes the preacher’s identity and shows up in the small border town ready to take the job. You might wonder how somebody so surly and monosyllabic is going to make it as a preacher, but the parishioners take to his blunt, non-judgmental ways. (Besides, only eight people show up for his first service, and seven of them don’t speak English.)

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Complications, of course, arise almost immediately. The Man is so exhausted when he gets to town that he leaves his bags – or, rather, the dead preacher’s bags – in the back of the stolen van. That van is broken into by the local drug dealer and his 12-year-old brother almost immediately, and they see the bloody clothes and figure out that the new preacher is hiding something.

The burglary brings in Chief Moore, played by Shannon as a veteran lawman who’s spent his years watching the world grow colder and meaner and lose honor, and watching his town die once the interstate went through a few miles away. The apartheid setting of the novel is replaced by a town where the remaining whites don’t trust the Mexican immigrants who outnumber them, and Chief Moore quickly sets his sights on the brothers as the likely burglars – and, when the body in the quarry is found, the likely murderers.

At the same time, Moore doesn’t notice that there’s a picture of the new “preacher” on his bulletin board behind him, with the notation “Wanted for homicide and felony arson.” The Man rips the wanted poster down as soon as the chief leaves the room, and from there the tension rises: The guy who’s guessed the truth is in jail and nobody believes him, the preacher is finding a place where he seems to belong and the cop has vague misgivings but an easy way to wrap up the case.

But the plot details matter less than the tone and mood that Teems creates, and the nuances that Whigham and Shannon bring to their performances. “The Quarry” is a quiet movie with quiet performances; the two men almost never even raise their voices, but we know the stakes and feel the urgency in every muttered aside. Meanwhile, Heather McIntosh’s music lays back but is adept at heightening the tension when it needs to.

“Guilt’s a heavy burden, isn’t it, reverend?” asks Moore at one point. “Most men can’t carry it alone.” The Man clearly tries to do just that, but the transgressions in his past weigh heavy as he plays his new role. More and more, the movie focuses on a question: If a man without conscience pretends to be a man of God, will he inevitably develop a conscience?

You can think of “The Quarry” as a subtle thriller, but it’s more of a meditation on guilt, forgiveness and redemption in the West. By the end, though, it’s hard not to think of the words of a writer from the South, William Faulkner: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

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The Evolution of Daniel Radcliffe: From ‘Harry Potter’ to ‘Equus’ to ‘Miracle Workers’ (Photos)

Daniel Radcliffe began acting when he was 6 years old, playing a monkey in a school play. By the time he was 12, he was an international movie star, taking on the role of Harry Potter in a series of film adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s books. He went on to portray everything from a World War I soldier killed in battle to a talking corpse with digestive issues to a political prisoner. Just take a look at his impressive body of work.

“David Copperfield”  (1999)  • This two-part BBC adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic Radcliffe’s TV debut… and the first time he worked with future “Harry Potter” costar Maggie Smith. He played “young David.”

“The Tailor of Panama”  (2001)  •  Radcliffe’s first feature film — a spy thriller directed by John Boorman — he played the son of Geoffrey Rush and Jamie Lee Curtis.

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (2001) and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” (2002)  •  At age 11, Radcliffe was cast as the title character in the series of film based on J.K. Rowling’s books. It made this young lad an international household name.

“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”  (2004)  •  Two years later, he returned to the role, this time with Harry discovering that an escaped prisoner and supporter of the dark wizard, Lord Voldemort, intends to kill him.

“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”  (2005)  •  “Goblet” was the first the fourth in the “Potter” series”… and the first to receive a PG-13 rating for its for “sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images.”

“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”  (2007)  •  Fans of the franchise will remember this as the film where Harry gets his first kiss.

“December Boys”  (2007)  •  In this Australian film, Radcliffe played the eldest of four orphaned boys. To make sure his Australian accent sounded authentic, he practiced six months before filming began.

“My Boy Jack” (2007)  •  In the British biopic made for TV set during World War I, Radcliffe plays the only son of author Rudyard Kipling.

“Equus”  (2007)  •  Radcliffe moved past — far past — his “Harry Potter,” clean-cut teenager image by taking on his first adult role in a West London stage production of “Equus.” As a stable boy with an erotic obsession for horses, Radcliffe appeared nude on stage.  Advanced ticket sales topped £1.7 million.

“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”  (2009)  •  Radcliffe was back at Hogwart, where finds a book that reveals more about Lord Voldemort. It was Radcliffe’s least favorite performance in the franchise, telling The Guardian in 2014, “I’m just not very good in it. I hate it.”

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” – Part 1 (2010), Part 2 (2011)  •  Ten years after first donning those famous round glasses and a phony z-shaped scar, Radcliffe appeared in his last two “Potter” films… at least for the time being.

“The Woman in Black”  (2012)  •  This supernatural thriller set in 19th century England stars Radcliffe as a lawyer, who encounters a vengeful ghost in a remote village.

“Kill Your Darlings”  (2013)  •  Radcliffe plays American poet and philosopher Allen Ginsberg in this thriller

“Horns”  (2013)  •  This dark fantasy horror film had Radcliffe playing a man falsely accused of raping and murdering his girlfriend, and then using his paranormal talents to find the real killer. Oh, and he has horns.

“The F Word”  (2013)  •  Radcliffe called this rom-com costarring Zoe Kazan his first ever contemporary film. Now that we think about it, he’s right.

“A Young Doctor’s Notebook & Other Stories”  (2012-2013)  •  Jon Hamm costarred with Radcliffe in this dark British comedy series about, you guessed it, a young doctor in a small Russian town during its 1917 revolution.

“The Gamechangers”  (2015)  •  This docudrama stars Radcliffe as Rockstar Games president Sam Hauser, who is embroiled in a legal feud with an American lawyer over the morality of the Grand Theft Auto video game series.

“Victor Frankenstein”  (2015)  •  This fresh take on Mary Shelley’s classic 1818 novel is told from the perspective of Dr. Frankenstein’s assistant Igor, played by Radcliffe.

“Swiss Army Man”  (2016)  •  Radcliffe plays a talkative corpse… who has a flatulence problem. We kid you not.

“Now You See Me 2”  (2016)  •  In this ensemble heist film directed by John M. Chu, Radcliffe plays a nefarious tech boss, who wants a powerful chip that he plans to use to control all the world’s computers, and he decides to force the Four Horsemen team to steal it for him.

“Imperium”  (2016)  •  Radcliffe plays an FBI agent who, wanting to prove himself to his superiors, goes undercover as a white nationalist.

“Jungle”  (2017)  •  Based on the true story of Israeli adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg’s trek into the Amazon rainforest, “Jungle” is up-there when it comes to heart-stopping adventure… and a scene which AC Club called “one of the purest cases of gross-out body horror put on screens” of the year.

“Beast of Burden”  (2018)  •  In this independent action-thriller directed by Jesper Ganslandt, Radcliffe plays a pilot smuggling drugs across borders.

“Guns Akimbo”  (2019)  •  Radcliffe plays a computer program who uses newly-developed fight club skills to rescue his girlfriend from kidnappers in this action comedy.

“Miracle Workers”  (2019-2020)  •  Radcliffe returned to the small screen in this TBS limited series playing a low-level angel responsible for handling all of humanity’s prayers.

“Escape From Pretoria”  (2020)  •  Once again, Radcliffe headlines a biopic, this time playing Tim Jenkin in the true-life thriller of two political prisoners during the apartheid days of South Africa.

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Discovery Hires Google Senior Director Neil Chugani to Lead Streaming Strategy and Ops

Discovery, Inc. has hired Google’s Neil Chugani to head strategy and operations for its direct-to-consumer business. He is also CFO of its streaming vertical.

Chugani, who will be based at Discovery’s London offices, will report to Discovery CFO Gunnar Wiedenfels. He’ll work closely with Peter Faricy the CEO of Discovery’s global direct-to-consumer business.

Last month, Discovery hired Hulu’s head of content acquisition Lisa Holme, who will also report to Faricy, to lead the company’s streaming content strategy.

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Yes, there are lots of (high-ranking) cooks over there.

Chugani will be responsible for formulating and implementing the financial strategy that will allow the team to meet Discovery’s ambitious growth objectives in the DTC space, according to the company. He will work with all of Discovery’s DTC business units, both in the U.S. and International markets to create consistent strategic, financial, and operational practices.

“We are delighted to welcome Neil to the Discovery team,” Wiedenfels said on Monday. “Neil is a highly respected digital finance leader, whose experience and skills will help us further accelerate our strategic pivot as we make our great content and brands available to our passionate fans across all platforms around the world.” 

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“We are thrilled to add another world-class executive to Discovery’s growing direct-to-consumer organization,” Faricy added. “Neil has a strong track record of strong and successful business growth in the tech and media sectors, and we look forward to working with him as Discovery continues to invest in expanding our global direct-to-consumer offerings.” 

Most recently, Chugani was a senior director at Google who held a number of leadership positions at the tech company, which he joined in 2015. Chugani served as the tech company’s CFO for the business and operations of Google and YouTube in Europe, Middle East and Africa, where he played a key role in driving the doubling of revenue in the region over the last five years.

Prior to joining Google, Chugani was group CFO at BBC Worldwide, the commercial and international arm of the BBC, held senior executive positions at Sky, and was a technology and media banker at Goldman Sachs.

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